Bakuchiol - Best Kept Secret of Ayurveda

bakuchiol retinol alternative

 

BAKUCHIOL - BEST KEPT SECRET OF AYURVEDA

West is waking up to the benefits of the humble Babchi plant.

So in the last two years, the skin-care cos are going crazy over - bakuchiol- an extract derived from the Babchi plant. So, why there is so much excitement over this?

Bakuchiol is an extract obtained from the leaves and seeds of the Babchi plant. Indigenous to India, it is a herb regularly used in Ayurvedic medicines to heal, soothe and relieve the skin. Bakuchiol triggers the genetic pathway in skin cells to create several collagen types useful in skin health and anti-ageing. It becomes an perfect choice for diminishing fine lines, pigmentation and dark spots sans the dryness and peeling associated with retinol.

HISTORY OF BABCHI OR BAKUCHOIL :

The herb is also called Babchi and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat many diseases for centuries. This herb's etymology is synonymous with Moon as it stands for ultimate beauty. Bakuchi is a very powerful healing herb used for skin issues in Ayurveda for a very long time. The old Aryuveda references like Chandrika, Somvalli, Chandrashalaka, etc have all spoken about the benefits of Bakuchi. The potency of its seeds & the oil is highly regarded as highly effective botanicals for the skin.

WHAT IS BAKUCHIOL?

Bakuchiol is an extract found in the leaves & seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant. It is 100% vegan, and its efficacy is tested for skincare products. It has antioxidant properties and also reduces skin discoloration due to UV rays or environmental exposure. It has a soothing effect on the skin and leaves the skin even-toned. It also has profound anti-aging properties and research has shown that it visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. As this ingredient is 100% natural & has no side-effect more and more skincare products are using Bakuchiol for its wide-ranging benefits. 

 

BAKUCHOIL VS RETINOL :

Research has shown that this 100% natural plant extract has the same effect on the skin as one has with Retinol, but without any side effects. Research has shown that bakuchiol has a range of anti-aging benefits for the skin. It can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, refine skin texture, help restore firmness, and even out skin tone. Bakuchiol also helps to soothe skin, making it a perfect alternative for those whose with sensitive skin.

 

Retinol has issues of skin irritation & it causes redness. Also, it cannot be directly exposed to the sun. Also, Retinol can not be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Lastly, conventional retinol products are animal-derived, so it’s not an option for vegans or those looking for cruelty-free beauty products.  

Bakuchiol solves all these problems. while delivering all the benefits of Retinol.

 

HOW WILL BAKUCHIL BENEFIT MY SKIN? 

Babchi seeds have potent medicinal value as per Ayurveda as well as modern science. It adds glow to the skin by visibly reducing hyperpigmentation and Minimize the fine lines, making it a very potent anti-aging agent. It also plumps the skin by boosting collagen and thereby promoting tissues. Ayurveda has used its power to make Lepa or face mask, where the seeds are crushed finely into a powder and then a paste is made which is then applied to affected areas.

Bakuchiol is a retinol-alternative. It stimulates key anti-aging genes similarly to retinol, for instance retinoid-binding and metabolizing genes. It is also , a stimulator of collagens, an antioxidant and an inhibitor of lipo-peroxidation.

So we ask our Ayurveda expert what makes Bakuchiol work on the skin?

"The melanocytes become inoperative because of excess Kapha, and Bakuchiol makes these functional again.” He adds, " it is also a rasayana or an anti-aging ingredient. If you think about it, all these qualities are essential for a good skincare ingredient."

 

To summarize the benefits of Bakuchiol are -

+ Works deeper into the skin and minimize the fine lines & wrinkles.

+ Perfect for sensitive skin - as there are no side effects of redness or irritation.

+ Works very well against acne.

+ add natural radiance to the skin.

+ Improves skin texture ( smoothens/evens the skin texture).

+ Safe during pregnancy.

+ Perfect for All skin types.

+ Am-Pm use

+ Anti-aging properties.

+ ALL benefits of Retinol - without side-effects of Retinol. Also 100% Natural. 100% Vegan.

 

NOT ALL BAKUCHIOL ARE SAME :

Like all things in life, not all products infused with Bakuchiol are made equal. The reasons are plenty. The quality of Bakuchiol is not the same, and it matters where are you sourcing the Bakuchiol from? India has one of the best soil & environmental condition for growing babchi plants. It is native plant to the Himalayas in India.

2nd factor is the amount of Bakuchiol extract in your skincare product. 

Recently, a well-known American skincare brand sold a Bakuchiol serum where the amount of Bakuchiol as an ingredient was 0.00002%! 

To have any visible effect on your skin, Bakuchiol (99% Purity) should be at least 1 to 1.5% in the product or it would give almost no results after use. 

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BAKUCHI OIL & BAKUCHIOL :

Bakuchiol is an extract from Babchi Oil which is made from Babchi seeds. 

Bakuchiol is an active chemical compound found in Babchi oil. 

Babchi seeds --> Babchi oil --> Bakuchiol extract (active compound) 

Some brands are adding Bakucho oil to their product and claiming it as bakuchiol, but there is a difference between bakuchiol and bakuchi oil. DO NOT fall to the trick, if a brand selling you a product with bakuchi oil, do not confuse it with Bakuchiol. Bakuchiol is a dominant extract found in the leaves and seeds of the babchi plant whereas Bakuchi oil is just a cold-pressed oil from the seeds of the babchi plant that yields thick, viscous brownish-colored oil. Although both are amazing for the skin but bakuchi oil doesn't have retinol-like qualities (aka - anti-ageing or wrinkle-correction properties.)

Bakuchiol Nava Age-defying Face Gel : 

NAVA AGE-DEFYING FACE GEL REJUVENATES, NOTICEABLY PLUMPS, AND SMOOTHS SKIN LEAVING A GLOWING FACE WITH A DEWY FINISH. :)

Bakuchiol face cream retinol alternative natural

 

One of its kind face gel - Bakuchiol Nava Age-defying face gel - has the world's only plant-based retinol called Bakuchiol (99% purity which is derived from the babchi plant in the Himalayas).
Other than this - this gel has an array of Ayurvedic herbs, Sea buckthorn, Gotu Kola, Prickly pear, and so on. All of these ingredients help in -
✓ Wrinkle Correction
Blue Light defense (radiation from digital devices like mobiles, computers, etc)
Fades fine lines
✓ Acne issues
Brighten skins

 

Dry, Oil, Sensitive, Reactive, Acne-prone, Combination, Normal....We've covered you all. Its neither a gel nor a cream It won't make your skin stick, it won't form a plasticky layer on your skin. It has a beautiful velvety texture which is designed to never be greasy and quick absorption. As this gel is not harsh under the sun, this gel can be used during the day as well as night! 

 

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